St Albans Writers’ Festival is a Australian literary festival celebrating writers, books and writing of all styles, genres and forms, based in the small and picturesque village of St Albans. The landscape of the Hawkesbury with its diverse population of farmers, artists, writers, tree-changers and weekenders provides a unique and stimulating setting to meet writers, discuss books and debate ideas. This intimate festival – places are limited to about 350 – happens over two days and two evenings.
The St Albans Writers’ Festival is an incorporated organisation run by volunteers who love St Albans and spend as much time there as they can.
Myra is a dynamo who has run her own company in IT and now works in accounting, as well as developing an organic farm including Fox and Hound Homestays in St Albans. She has been a prime mover in creating the Valley Exchange Group set up as a social and practical hub for valley residents to engage in local activities that meet their day-to-day needs. She played a key role in organising the St Albans Book Feast in 2013 which led to the creation of the St Albans Writers’ Festival.
Jonathan is a polymath graphic designer, one-time theatre set and costume designer and design manager who moved to Australia in 1996 where he became head of image and design for the Sydney 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. He is now joint director at Coast Design in Bondi Beach and has lectured in Design Management at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW). An excellent cook, a greedy reader, an art lover who has also exhibited work at Sculpture by the Sea, Jonathan has a passion for books and writing (…and model-making! He built the models on this website). Patrick Curda (Jonathan’s business partner) was integral to the development of the festival identity and website.
Catherine’s background is in teaching, training, educational publishing and translation from French (her native language) into English. She has lived and worked in the UK, France, Africa and Australia. She has also developed a practice as a perfume consultant, scent stylist, speaker, writer and blogger on perfume and the sense of smell (Scent of Choice), as well as creating and running the Sydney Perfume Lovers MeetUp group. An omnivorous reader, she devours everything from genre fiction to philosophy and her idea of hell is a place with no books.
The extended committee making us an incorporated organisation includes Kaye Remington, Siobhan Mahoney, Debbie Ingham and Tony Simpson.
In 2015 our Festival Centre bookshop was run by the wonderful folk from Berkelouw Books who jumped on board eagerly and agreed to support the newest Writers’ Festival in Australia. We were really grateful. They sent their staff to man the shop, help out at book signings, and stay in the village for the weekend, which we believe is services to bookselling above and beyond the call of duty!
A not-for-profit event like this relies on the generosity and sponsorship of great companies and individuals. We would like to acknowledge local accommodation providers, groups and people that have provided real support in 2015 with rooms for writers, venues for our events and cash to get it all going.
We would also like to acknowledge the overwhelming support and encouragement we have had from the St Albans community in getting this not-for-profit event up and running.